Thursday, 19 February 2015

Looking forward to Ross Poldark!

Something to feast your eyes on until you wait for the next episode of Outlander on April 4th! 

The Outlander books are without a doubt my favourite but the Poldark books are a close second and coming soon to UK TV is the new Poldark TV series!  They are an adaptation from the books by Winston Graham and are about a minor landowner returning to Cornwall from the Revolutionary War in America! The books were made into a TV series in the 70's and it was a resounding success but the new TV series looks far more in depth and hopefully will do justice to the original story.  The main character in the story is Ross Poldark who was originally played by Robin Ellis but will now be played by Aiden Turner who I'm sure you'll agree is very easy on the eye! 

Here is the trailer ...

Now you may be wondering what this has to do with Outlander

At the end of the trailer you see Ross Poldark/Aidan Turner standing at the harbour at Charleston in Cornwall.  The boat you see in the harbour is called the Phoenix and it is the same one which was used for the boat which takes Jamie and Claire to France! The reason I know this is because I was there last summer not long after they finished filming Poldark and they were in the process refitting the ship for a "new TV show" ... which I now know to be Outlander!  Normally the ship is available for the public to go on and have a look around (or in my case play pirates on!) but it was closed when I was there as they didn't want the public to make a mess of the new shiny paint job! 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Outlander: Amazon Prime Is NOT A Valid Option!

In the UK we have been waiting for well over a year to hear news of not only when we get to see Outlander but the station it will be shown on. It's with a lot of disappointment that I found out yesterday that rather than making it available to the general public Outlander is only going to be shown on Amazon Prime!


I know of several long time fans of Outlander who aren't very internet savvy and will have no chance of getting access to Amazon prime. The elderly lady down the road has been asking me on a regular basis if I've heard any news and now I'm going to have to tell her that she won't be able to watch it until it comes out on DVD? She, along with many other fans, are going to feel let down by this choice. 

Basically my own experience of Amazon Prime is as follows: I took out a trial package before Christmas and out of all the movies and TV shows on there I could find only one movie to watch which hadn't already been on the TV. Once I'd got free postage on my Christmas presents I decided to cancel the subscription.  Amazon Prime isn't overly expensive but an additional £5.99 per month alongside the TV License and for some people a Sky subscription all adds up! 
The show is set in the UK and filmed in the UK using mainly UK actors and yet we are not going to be able to watch it unless we have internet access and take out an Amazon Prime subscription. 

Friday, 30 January 2015

When will Outlander be shown in the UK?

In December it was announced that Outlander would be shown in the UK "next year"! This is particularly vague as it not only doesn't give any indication of when in 2015 nor does it give any indication of which station it will be shown on.  Luckily I have ... ehem ... already seen it ... but there are thousands of other fans who are patiently waiting and are being very patient and understanding.  There is an elderly fan down my street who asks me for news every time I see her and I'm sure she thinks I'm lying about the TV series actually existing. I'm also getting fed up of telling friends, family and random people in the street (OK so I lied about the last part) how great the TV show is and then having to tell them that I have no idea when it's actually on  ... or which station! 

I know there are procedures which are put into place to make these announcement timely and well orchestrated but PLEASE LET US KNOW SOMETHING SOON! 


Thursday, 29 January 2015

Pre-Order the Outlander DVD!

Outlander TV series has without a doubt been very very popular (even if it hasn't been shown in the UK yet!) and it comes as little surprise that it is already winning awards despite the first season only being half way through! I was however a little surprised that it's already time for a DVD release as it only seems such a short time since it was first shown on TV (not in the UK ... I'm not at all bitter!).

The Outlander DVD is available to pre-order from Amazon and will be  released on 3rd March. Looking at the subtitle it's season one volume one and includes the first eight episodes as well as additional extras! 

Monday, 16 June 2014

When I fell in love with a man in a kilt!

One of the questions Diana Gabaldon is asked constantly (the woman's patience never ceases to amaze me) is why Scotland and why kilts? Putting aside the whole Dr. Who explanation most people can appreaciate the beauty of a man in a kilt but don't remember when they fell in love with the idea of naked bits open to the elements!  I on the other hand remember exactly when I realized the advantage of a man wearing a kilt in the traditional Scottish way!  Rather than give details I'll pass you over to Liam Neeson and Jessica Lang in Rob Roy  

  • The interesting part is at the end.
  • Yes I did notice the stones.
  • Yes I did think the scene ended too soon. 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Written In My Own Heart's Blood Review - NO SPOILERS!

I finished reading Diana Gabaldon's latest book the other day and can honestly say that it's the best in the series so far! I'm not just saying that because I've been waiting in anticipation for it for four years but because everything about it is so well written and well planned out.  I absolutely loved Cross Stitch (Outlander) but with twenty odd years down the line if Diana had been as experienced then as she is now I imagine the book would have been outstanding!  Her writing ability has improved by leaps and bounds since she started as an author and as Cross Stitch was an amazing book that's saying a lot about Written in My Own Heart's Blood

From the moment I started reading I was once again in the "Outlander World" with little or no adjustments needed. It was as if I'd never left and I loved it so much I stayed up until 3am on the 10th before realizing I'd read the same line three times.  After the release of Echo in the Bone there was a lot of griping from fans who didn't like the way the book ended on multiple cliffhangers, personally I didn't mind but I did feel that Written In My Own Heart's Blood was a much more satisfactory ending and won't leave fans quite as upset and it's predesessor. 

In true Gabaldon style the book was a mixture of every emotion known to man and was exciting, humerous and emotional in equal measures. I'm not the kind of person who cries when reading books but I found myself with tears in my eyes on three separate occassions. Leaving me both emotional and excited whilst reaching for the biscuits tin as a way to deal with the stress. In fact there are numerous points in the book when I had to put my Kindle down and pace to calm myself down and pass the kitchen for comfort food. (No I'm not blamind Diana for me putting weight on!). 

Everyone I've spoken to absolutely loves the book and there is little wonder because it reaches the parts that other books can't possibly reach! I would love to discuss the ins and outs of the plot and the wonderful characterizations but as the book as only been released for a few days it's unfair to spoil anything for Outlander fans who haven't been able to read it yet!   Don't delay though because you are truly missing a great piece of fiction!